Well hello there, my name is Lynn Krawczyk and I'm one of the newest members of the group. For those of you that I'm meeting for the first time, I'm a surface design textile artist that works in abstract collages. My approach to keeping a sketchbook is a little different because my chosen format is abstract but the challenge of keeping it in this manner is what keeps me engaged with it. Let me explain.
I don't use color in my sketchbook. Ever. Well, I guess that isn't technically correct. The brown, black and blue pens are colors but I don't paint or use any other drawing tool aside from a pen.
The biggest reason being that it helps me focus my thoughts. I don't have the distraction of other techniques and when I first started to keep a sketchbook, I did full scale color "samples" of my artwork. But I felt a lot of pressure to make the real artwork match the sketch. It strangled the flow of assembling the work so I left it behind.
I tend to use my sketchbook as a catch all for my thoughts. Sketching abstract collages isn't really possible. I never really know what they'll look like so that has turned my sketchbook into a collection of thoughts and writing and random drawing.
Here is a look at what I did for this month's Spiral challenge:
Closer looks at the pages:
I'm a writer as well, endlessly fascinated with words and how they influence everything we do. I stared at the definition of "spiral" while I drank my coffee and four words came to the forefront: widening, tightening, point and concentrated.
I moved the idea toward the idea of a piece that started out on a pinpoint and then grew progressively wider.
Back in my studio, I pulled out fabrics to make a new Remnant Collage. (My Remnant Collage series began as a way to use up the scraps in my studio but have grown into a 30+ piece series.) Keeping the idea of the the movement of unfurling of spirals in mind, I created this:
Does it look exactly like a spiral? Nope. If you hadn't seen the page from my sketchbook above, you probably wouldn't have guessed that was the influence. But that's okay. I don't have the filter in my artist mind to make literal representations of a theme, instead I fixate on a particular attribute and create from there. The influence of the theme is there.
I'm in the process of making parts for a huge collage. This will be one of them so I won't give it a number in the series yet. Instead I'll consider it a part, to be added to the whole later.
I admit that I often circle a theme like a suspicious detective but the challenge of finding the small pieces of it to grab onto are what make it exciting. Same thing with my sketchbook, I make it as simple or as elaborate as it needs to be. That's the charm of capturing your thoughts, right?